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FET 2.0



A very special pair of socks from a very special friend 🙂 Also, photographing your socked feet from this angle is REALLY unflattering and Instagram makes my skin look like I’m a leathery tanning bed junkie 🙂

Before I get to the juicy details I have to get all sappy on y’all.

I was eerily calm while laying in the transfer room before the doctor came in; undressed with all my womanly parts obsessively tucked under the hospital gown and thin sheet. It was just me, a bland beige room, a lone tray of sterile instruments and the loudest air conditioning vent I have ever heard. Normally being alone in this kind of situation would have led to a full-on panic attack. Today was different, though. While I was physically alone in the room I knew I was not spiritually alone. All of your encouragement and kind words yesterday and this morning honestly made an enormous difference.

I can’t thank you all enough. The next time some holier-than-thou-fertile asks why I share my infertility with the Internet I know exactly what I’ll say.

So the transfer went very well. I woke up early, did some freelance work, had chocolate oatmeal (hormonal Belle loves chocolate oats) then showered and put on the skirt I finished this weekend (photos soon, I promise). The drive to Cincinnati was pleasantly uneventful and  my bladder was perfectly filled – not too much, not too little.

Dr. B explained that they thawed a straw with two embryos. One was a perfect day 6 hatching blastocyst that Dr. B said could not have been better and the other was a highly fragmented and floundering day 6 blastocyst. Based on the embryology report, he recommended transferring only the perfect Day 6 blastocyst. If we popped in the floundering one there was a chance it could negatively impact the success of the other embryo. That seemed fair and did not leave me in a tough position of having to choose one or two embryos.

The only non perfect thing about the transfer was when Dr. B swabbed my cervix and I clenched up, popping that damn speculum all the way out so it shot onto the floor. Nothing like a little comedic relief during your FET, right?! At least I did not fart on the poor man, too.

After the transfer I rested for 15 minutes, then took myself to lunch at one of my favorite little vegan spots in Cinci – Loving Hut – where I had a huge bowl of vegan pumpkin chili and a salad.

Determined to make the best of a solo transfer I followed lunch with a journey to the outskirts of the city to find a new fabric store. Teresa recommended I splurge on a treat post-transfer saying that “Wallets make nice companions, too.” When I saw all these beautiful textiles I decided I could not agree more and bought two different BEAUTIFUL voile prints. Even if FET 2.0 fails I’ll at least have two new lovely hand-made garments 🙂

And now I’m home, typing up this post and chatting with my cats. Blood test in 14 days but I’m absolutely certain I’ll be peeing on sticks way before that. Thank you again for all the love and support yesterday. I can honestly say that I would not have handled today with such grace had it not been for all your good vibes and prayers.




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  1. September 5, 2012

    I’m so happy to hear about your perfect 6 day emby. Sounds like you did an amazing job making the best out of a somewhat crummy situations… sounds like you deserve to be a mother to me! Now dig in little embaby!!!! I’ll be thinking of you lots in the next weeks, xoxo

  2. September 5, 2012

    I’m so happy to hear that you were able to relax and enjoy this day! Also, for some reason, a really good feeling washed over me while reading this. My fingers are crossed for you lady!

  3. September 5, 2012

    I’m so happy for your positive report. And I am excited about the pee-sticks in your future.

  4. September 5, 2012

    Been thinking of you all morning. Hooray for the perfect 6 day blast!! Dig in and grow little one!!!

  5. September 5, 2012

    Congrats on your perfect little blast and on being PUPO! So glad you pampered and spoiled yourself a little today. 🙂

    Keeping everything crossed for you…

  6. September 5, 2012

    I’m so glad that the transfer went well!

  7. millionbabysteps #
    September 5, 2012

    Sounds like FET 2.0 was perfect. Love everything about this – perfect bladder, check, perfect healthy embryo – check, no scary 1 vs 2 decisions to make – check, and of course a shopping spree gone perfectly. Baby 2.0 hang on tight, we’ve got high hopes for you!

  8. September 5, 2012

    Go little emby! Sticky sticky sticky!

    I love the socks, btw. So cute. AND I’m glad you splurged on some pretty fabric. I can’t wait to see what you make with it!

  9. September 5, 2012

    AH I LOVE THOSE SOCKS!! And so glad you splurged on yourself a little!!!

    • September 5, 2012

      Also, the mental picture of the speculum shooting out made me LOL

  10. September 5, 2012

    thinking of you and wishing you sticky embies and all that good stuff. and fabric inspiration too!

  11. September 5, 2012

    Glad to hear it went so well and that you didn’t feel completely alone while you were going through it. Good for you for treating yourself — you deserve it!

  12. September 5, 2012

    Here is hoping for good news in two weeks. 😀

  13. September 5, 2012

    Hahaha Belle!!!!!! Omg I totally LOLed imagining the speculum shooting out of you. And then your comment about luckily not farting on the doctor made me chuckle too. I’m so so soooo glad everything went so well and you felt good while you were there. I can’t wait to see the pics of your skirt and whatever you make out of your new, much deserved fabric!

  14. September 5, 2012

    Sounds like a lovely transfer. I’m happy to hear you were so relaxed, I think it makes such a difference!! I’m excited for you!!

  15. babyfeat #
    September 5, 2012

    I’m so happy to hear the good news and how well everything went!! Hoping the good news keeps coming. I’m sending you some positive vibes.
    And darn, you have some strong pelvic muscles! You had me laughing so hard when I read that.

  16. September 5, 2012

    Yay for a perfect embaby and your awesome socks, and fabric score! I’ll be thinking of you 🙂

  17. September 5, 2012

    So glad it went well! Totally laughed about the spectum popping out, only you Belle 😉

  18. Shelley #
    September 5, 2012

    SOOO much love and luck to you. Sending that burrowing babe lots of sticky thoughts.

  19. Cammy #
    September 5, 2012

    Will be thinking of you for the next two weeks. So happy to hear things went well for you. I hate you had to go alone. I wish I had read your post yesterday! I would have been happy to have gone up there with you and don’t mind that drive (getting used to it). 🙂

  20. Juno #
    September 5, 2012

    Oh my goodness I am so excited to see this!!! You are such an inspiration with your determination and calmness. I will be sending positive vibes that your maybe baby turns into a vomit inducing definitelybaby soon. xo

  21. September 5, 2012

    I just choked on my water thinking of the speculum shooting out. That was good! Hoping for a great 2 ww for you!

  22. September 5, 2012

    I’m so glad it went well and that you pampered yourself the rest of the day. That’s how PUPO day should be!

  23. September 5, 2012

    First time commenter. I love this post! So excited for you and good luck!! That embryo sounds so promising!

  24. September 5, 2012

    I’m so impressed with your attitude! I have my fingers crossed for you this time! That first embryo sounds PERFECT!

  25. Kenya mama #
    September 6, 2012


  26. September 6, 2012

    Im so happy it all went well! Fingers crossed for a good result!X

  27. Amanda #
    September 6, 2012

    I was looking forward to reading this post and I literally laughed out loud with the story of the popping speculum! Too funny! I got a good feeling when reading this post as well. You seem so relaxed and calm…I will be anxious during the tww, right here with you.

  28. EmHart #
    September 6, 2012

    Oh, I will have everything crossed for you my dear. I am glad it all went well today.

  29. September 6, 2012

    So happy to hear all went well, and that you have some fabulous fabric to boot. Can’t wait to follow along with your upcoming journey… sending good baby mojo your way!

  30. nobabiesyet #
    September 6, 2012

    What an amazing post….you seriously amaze me. Your attitude is so beautiful and I feel so blessed to be a part of your world even if it is just online. Now little embryo you need to dig in and get extra comfy in there and grow grow grow! I’ll be sending lots of good vibes and thoughts your way these next two weeks.

  31. September 6, 2012

    I am so impressed that you went through that by yourself. You need some of those Wonder Woman socks for all of the pre-natal appointments I hope you have to go to soon. Fingers crossed!!!

  32. September 6, 2012

    Oh Belle! I am so so happy for you! I was thinking about you yesterday from the moment I woke up! I hope you felt it! Sounds like a perfect transfer and the fact that you were feeling good and relaxed makes a huge difference!!! The socks help too 😉

    Come on little embie!!! Dig in deep and GROW!!!

  33. September 7, 2012

    Sounds like it went really well and that was some damn good advice from Teresa.

  34. September 10, 2012

    It does make a difference with the connections around. Glad it went well and you found something to spoil yourself with.

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